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Fate in "Oedipus the King"

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If prophecy were to be real, one could expect what is bound to happen in the future. This is true; at least in “Oedipus the King” in which the protagonist, Oedipus calls forth his doom unwillingly. Fate is defined as something that unavoidably befalls a person. The author of “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles, writes a tragic fate that Oedipus was born to experience. Fate is what is meant to happen and cannot be avoided or unchanged. Furthermore, events that lead to other events could be the result for one to meet their fate. In “Oedipus the King,” Sophocles expresses the nature of fate to be determined upon choices made.

In the story, “Oedipus the King” before Oedipus became king of Thebes, he made choices that led to events that defined his fate. The first event emerged when Oedipus heard a drunken man saying that the ones who cared for Oedipus at Corinth were not his biological parents. The terrible news is what set forth the very first steps towards the beginning of the events that led to his fate. Oedipus confused and interested in the truth, went on to speak with God. However, the God did not answer what Oedipus questioned and instead had his fate foretold. “The god dismissed my question without reply; he spoke of other things. Some were clear, full of wretchedness, dreadful, unbearable: As, that I should lie with my own mother, breed children from all men would turn their eyes; and that I should be my father’s murderer,” (Gioia, 2010). Oedipus still unfamiliar, of who his parents were, chose to flee from home in attempt to prevent the God’s statement of his fate from coming true. Oedipus’ choice of fleeing the country was perhaps a bad decision. It was what led him to experience the first event of his fate. As Oedipus goes his...

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...that fate. Events that lead to other events will eventually lead one to their fate. “Oedipus the King” is a great play that sets an example of what fate is. Oedipus chooses to flee from home, in attempt to avoid the god’s statement of his fate from coming true. However, Oedipus’s decision for fleeing is what was necessary to make his fate come true. Undoubtedly, this is what was meant to happen because Oedipus allowed it to. Perhaps if Oedipus ignored the god and never did a thing then perhaps the outcome could have been different for Oedipus. However it did not turn out that way and the choices that Oedipus made is what led him to his doom.

Works Cited

What does the bible say about fate? (2011). Retrieved from gotquestions: http://www.gotquestions.org/fate-destiny.html

Gioia, X. K. (2010). Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Writing. Pearson.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how sophocles, in "oedipus the king," defines fate as something that unavoidably befalls a person.
  • Analyzes how oedipus made choices that led to events that defined his fate, such as a drunken man saying that the ones who cared for him at corinth were not his biological parents.
  • Analyzes how oedipus accepted the reward as ruler and husband of the widowed queen of thebes after solving the sphinx riddle that many tried but failed and died.
  • Analyzes how oedipus portrayed great importance in finding the one who murdered king laios, and was blind enough to not realize that he himself was the killer.
  • Explains that the bible states that every individual was born with the ability to make moral choices and that he is responsible for those choices.
  • Analyzes how "oedipus the king" is a great play that sets an example of what fate is.
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